Which USFL QBs will emerge as the elite?

Which USFL QBs will emerge as the elite?

Week 1 of USFL the season proved difficult for quarterbacks in the league.

Perhaps that should have been expected, as the QBs only had about three weeks of practice to learn their offenses and sync up with their pass-catchers, let alone organize their protection plans at the moment. advance.

Still, quarterbacks in the league have only completed slightly better than 60% of their passes for less than six per attempt. They also combined to throw just eight touchdown passes while throwing seven interceptions — not an ideal ratio.

“We haven’t seen great quarterback play,” FOX Sports’ RJ Young said on his podcast, “The No. 1 Rated Show.” “This may have been the worst week of quarterback play we’ve seen all year because the guys I expected to be great were still figuring it out and started to settle in. in the game as the game progressed, guys like Shea Patterson.”

USFL watchers wonder how long it will take for the league’s QBs to hit their stride, and who will be the first to do so.

Young said he saw good signs even through the struggles of Week 1.

Patterson “started disastrously in the first half, it went really well in the second half for him. [The] the same is true for Bryan Scott of the Philadelphia Stars. I think you have room for improvement… now they’ve seen these teams. They’ve seen each other too, so they know who they can count on, the guys they want to throw at.”

Patterson struggled to get anything going in the first half, as his Michigan Panthers entered the break trailing 17-0 with drives that ended like this: punt, punt punt, fumble, punt, fumble, interception, end of half. But he nearly brought the Panthers back in the second half before losing 17-12.

As for Scott, he threw a confusing interception early but ended up leading all passers on the weekend with 202 yards.

“I will mention Bryan Scott again,” Young said. “He has this built-in relationship with former Tennessee State wide receiver Chris Rowland, as well as former North Carolina tight end Bug Howard.”

Young also mentioned the New Jersey Generals tandem of quarterback Luis Perez and wide receiver Randy Satterfield, who connected on the league’s first touchdown in its inaugural season, saying the combo “could be a problem” for the rest of the league.

And another QB to watch is J’Mar Smith, who replaced the injured Alex McGough and led the Birmingham Stallions to a comeback win over the Generals. Smith earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for the effort.

“We’ll see what happens with [receiver] Osirus Mitchell, but I think J’Mar Smith will figure that out,” Young said, “A guy that’s 6-foot-5, yeah you’re gonna throw the ball to him.”

All of this gave Young reason to be optimistic for the weeks to come.

“So you have places to go here for these quarterbacks to emerge,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting to see which of these guys rise up and become the best quarterback in the USFL.”


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